Your tax dollars
Yesterday I learned from Cindy that “Outcasts United” had been chosen earlier this year as the “One Maryland, One book” being promoted by the Maryland Humanities Council.
The book by author Warren St. John is billed as an “inspirational” story about how refugee boys in Clarkston, Georgia overcome the odds (which includes a town unhappy with the arrival of large numbers of refugees) to play soccer under a strict coach. If you don’t want to read the book, you can get the gist of it from reviews at Amazon, but I warn you that virtually all the reviewers are thrilled with what sounds like just another sports underdog story with a multiculturalism is beautiful message.
More importantly though, at least for me, is the question of what is up with this “one book” thing where everyone in the state is supposed to be reading a book of the year chosen by those with a leftwing view of the world….and then we pay for what is clearly indoctrination with our tax dollars. It kind of gives me the creeps!
Note to all those claiming we need to cut the budget at both the state and federal level—I got about a million and a half dollars right here to start with!
Check out the most recent Form 990 for the Maryland Humanities Council, here. Note that $1.3 million of the funds for this program come from government grants. Tracing that back further, the source of most of that government money (your tax dollars) comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, here. Maryland taxpayers add to the kitty through the Department of Education.
By the way, the Maryland Humanities Council spent $9000 to influence legislators into awarding them more funding. Imagine what the Founding Fathers would say about a federal role in all of this.
The One Maryland, One Book indoctrination project only cost taxpayers $198,143 last year. Since you paid for this, maybe some of you should attend the upcoming schedule of community discussions about Maryland’s “one book.”
Update: Here is more about the Maryland book tour.